Do you know Georg Friedrich Händel’s (1685–1759) suite Water Music?
I know that I am prone to synesthetic impressions when smelling a fragrance, mostly I see colors associated with the smell. Jean-Claude Ellena’s ninth Hermessence made music in my head.
Clear trumpets, far away horns, compelling rhythms, strings sparkling with joy. All that and more is Händels Suite N° 2 Alla Hornpipe.
And that is Iris Ukiyoé. A light blue expanse of water, soft iris petal floating in and out of the gently moving picture. Tender, evanescent, but not fleeting. Deceptively soft. Dreamy, but not unreal. An exercise in clarity.
Please smell with music on.
But despite this precision and clarity, Iris Ukiyoé leaves me curiously cold. It is like the music comes from a musical clock, not a flesh and blood musician. I can appreciate its art, but it leaves me unmoved.
That, I’m afraid, is all.
Hermessences are exclusively available at Hermes Boutiques worldwide. Iris Ukiyoé was created by Jean-Claude Ellena in 2010. It features notes of mandarin, water iris, orange blossom, green shoots, green watery notes.
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